Rachel was called to the Bar in 2017, and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
Rachel’s practice is general commercial litigation with a focus on insurance law specifically professional indemnity and negligence, personal injury, professional disciplinary matters, medical and allied health law. Within her area of practice, Rachel has an interest in novel tortious cases, assessment of damages and impacts of legislative developments.
She provides advice, appears at applications, pre-trial hearings, trials, appeals and mediations as well as presenting continued legal education seminars.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Rachel worked at Deacons (now Norton Rose) and Clayton Utz. She also served as a Law Clerk to Judge William G. Young of the 1st Circuit U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, USA. She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland as well as a specialised Masters of Law in Medical and Health Law from the University of Melbourne.
As a solicitor, Rachel has acted for:
Outside of the law, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, wine collecting and co-owns a Brisbane brewery.
2017 – Barrister
2011 to 2017 – In-house Counsel, Fortitude Brewing Company
2009 to Current – Tutor, T.C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
2007 to 2008 – Law Clerk, Judge William G. Young, 1st Circuit U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, USA
2006 to 2009 – National Knowledge Manager, MacGillivrays Solicitors
2004 to 2006 – Senior Associate, Coyne & Associates (now Lexon Legal)
2003 to 2004 – Solicitor, Clayton Utz
2001 to 2003 – Articled Clerk, Deacons (now Norton Rose)
Bar Association of Queensland
UQ Law School Alumni
University of Melbourne Law School Alumni
Masters of Health & Medical Law (Uni of Melb)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (UQ)
Bachelor of Arts (UQ)
MacGillivrays Solicitors - Client In-Brief Publication (Editing and writing provided by Rachel Connors from 2006 to 2009).
MacGillivrays Solicitors - Practice Group In-Brief Publication (Editing and writing provided by Rachel Connors from 2006 to 2009).
Rachel Connors and Greg Young, Creditor's Statutory Demand and the Christmas Scrooge (2007) International Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Newsletter.
Ian Freckleton QC, Australian Journal of Law and Medicine, Thomson Reuters (Guest editing and writing provided by Rachel Connors from 2004 to 2006).
Rachel Connors, Wrongful Conception, Wrongful Pregnancy, Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life - New tort actions in Australian common law?, presented at Legalwise Seminar, Brisbane, 22 July 2004.
Rachel Connors, Medical Negligence in Queensland 2004, presented at Biogen Idec Conference, Brisbane, 18 March 2004.
Berna Collier, Chris Coyne and Karen Sullivan, Mental Capacity - Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives (2005) Federation Press (Research assistance and editing of chapters provided by Rachel Connors).
Rachel Connors, Cattanach v Melchoir  HCA 39 - A society obsessed with blame and a legal system which supports it, presented at LAAMS Seminar, Brisbane, 27 August 2003.
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